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NEWS: Whitgift student Femi Owolade-Coombes awarded Prime Minister’s Points of LightFemi Owolade-Coombes is a talented 12-year-old coder whose outstanding contribution to the community has been recognised by the Prime Minister’s office.

Date published: Mon 16 Jul 2018   Author: H Ghumra   Category: Co-Curricular

Every week day the Prime Minister recognises an inspirational volunteer with the Daily Point of Light award. Femi has undertaken far reaching work to help bring coding to young people from underrepresented backgrounds and his remarkable work has resulted in this talented and community minded student being recognised. Some highlights of his achievements include:

  • Providing workshops to over 1,000 young people, including engaging over 220 underprivileged young people in Bangladesh on a trip in 2017, financed by his own successful crowdfunding campaign.

  • Talking at major tech conferences such as ‘MozFest’ and ‘Red Hat Summit’,

  • Being one of 20 people globally, to be awarded ‘The Diana Award’ in 2017 from TRH Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex.

In her personal letter to Femi, Prime Minister Theresa May said, “Through your passion for coding, you have created events and workshops which are benefitting thousands of young people. You are inspiring people from all walks of life to have fun learning new computing and web design skills which will help them in their future careers.”

Femi added. “I’m so proud to be awarded the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award. I’m looking forward to sharing the news with my coding community and my school, Whitgift School. I hope that it inspires other young people to become young ambassadors and see how, with a ‘can do’ attitude and a sense of community, we can achieve so much together.”

With the support of industry-leaders Femi is now crowdfunding to establish a regular monthly outreach programme for young people from underrepresented backgrounds to improve digital inclusion.

Background to the awards

The UK Points of Light launched in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street in April 2014 and was developed in partnership with a US programme that was first established President George H. W. Bush in 1990.

Points of Light are given to outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community.

The full article can be seen here at the Points of Lights website


  • Femi - Points of Light Award

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